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Only Fools and Horses

Classic John Sullivan sitcom set in south London, centred on hapless market trader Del Boy, his brother Rodney, the rest of the Trotter clan and a host of Peckham characters.

Show Info

Network: United Kingdom BBC One (1981 - 2003)
Schedule: Sundays (50 min)
Status: Ended
Show Type: Scripted
Genres: Comedy
Episodes ordered: 6 episodes
Created by: John Sullivan

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8.5 (29 votes)

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Previous Episode

Sleepless in Peckham...!

Episode S07 Special; Dec 25, 2003

The Trotters' financial situation is becoming worse, and they may be forced to move out of Nelson Mandela House. Meanwhile, Rodney discovers who his real father is, as well as become a father himself.

Previous Episodes

Episode NameAirdateTrailer
S07 Special: Sleepless in Peckham...!Dec 25, 2003
S07 Special: Strangers on the Shore...!Dec 25, 2002
S07 Special: If They Could See Us Now.....!Dec 25, 2001
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Recent discussions

DeepthroatGhoul posted a year ago

Looking back, I sincerely believe that the early 2000s trilogy was made for a good reason. Anyone who’s not a real OFAH fan just takes the lazy way out and says, “Oh they should have left it at them as millionaires”, but there’s a real deep meaning here, and the final scene with Del and Rodney at the graveyard has helped me see it.

It's about the love of two brothers and their family, and it doesn't matter how much money they've got, as long as they're both healthy and happy. The last scene in the graveyard proved that, because the Trotters would easily give up £10 million to be a happy family and be all together.

The reason why Only Fools and Horses is the best comedy is because it's emotional. These are very true characters that make us laugh and cry. Bad comedies show no personality or love between the characters. This just goes to show you that John Sullivan, God rest his soul, preferred to write OFAH as a funny drama instead of a cheap sitcom.

MAT13 posted 2 years ago

Back in the days, seeing Del and Rodney running as Batman and Robin was an ultimate TV experience.

DeepthroatGhoul posted 7 years ago

I'd like to talk about the ending of Del turning down Jumbo's offer to stay with Rodney:

Clearly the only reason Del decided to stay in England was for Rodney. On all other counts, going to Australia would have been the best decision for Del. But Rodney threw one hell of a tantrum when Del considered going to Australia without him, and this was when Del realized how important their partnership was for Rodney.

Rodney acted in a completely unreasonable manner in this episode. He needs to decide between one of two options:

#1.Rodney is a mature grown-up person who can take care of himself and stand on his own two feet without Del holding his hand.

#2.Rodney is still a kid and needs Del to hold his hand and support him.

Rodney doesn't choose between Option #1 and Option #2, but rather he picks either one when it is convenient for him. Rodders wants to have his cake and eat it too.

When Del wants to go to Australia, Rodney chooses Option #2 and gets angry at Del for even considering leaving him behind.

But when it suits his convenience, Rodney also chooses Option #1. He frequently claims that Del is holding him back and that if it weren't for him, Rodney would be doing so much better with his life. Rodders even attempted to break up the partnership and start something on his own back in "Healthy Competition" from Series 3.

Rodney ultimately needed to choose between one of the two options rather than wavering between the two to suit his present convenience.

On the other side of the coin, I believe Rodney's reaction stems from the complexity of the sibling relationship. While Del and Rodney are frequently at each other's throats throughout the series like many brothers, it is always evident that they share a strong brotherly bond.

The fact that Rodney was devastated at the prospect of he and Del being thousands of miles apart merely proves how strong that bond actually is.

Finally, another thing I ought to bring up is that it's Del's business "brilliance" that always kept the Trotters going. Lots of people think Rodney couldn’t make it on his own because he’d never been taught how to be independent.

Del might've sent him the money from Oz, but things could've just as well gone wrong. He couldn't risk it and leave Rodney helpless if something bad had happened to him. After all, Del did promise their mum he would look after Rodders.

Extra Details

Also known as:
  • Only Fools & Horses (United Kingdom United Kingdom)
  • Μόνο Για Χαζούς (Greece Greece)
  • Csak a kötözött bolondok... (Hungary Hungary)
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